There comes a time in ever streamer’s life when they just need something new to watch. They’re between seasons of their favorite shows, and their wife just binge watched her way through every Poldark episode to date. When this happens, a streamer often stumbles across a series that’s usually dark, mysterious, and intriguing enough to hook them from the first episode. Such is the case with this streamer, and Amazon’ Prime’s Homecoming. It looked intriguing enough for Mrs. Buckler and I to watch the first episode, and once we did, we became hooked mainly because we’re eager to solve its mysteries.
Perhaps the Homecoming trailer is enough to get you interested in this psychological thriller series:
What’s Homecoming About?
That’s the first question anyone asks you when you try to convince them to watch something new. Well, this series first saw life as a podcast of the same name created by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg. The movie version was directed by Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot, Comet). The series stars Julie Roberts, Bobby Cannavale, and Shea Whigham, among others. The show’s basic plot concerns the Homecoming Transitional Support Center, a live-in facility dedicated to helping returning soldiers overcome their PTSD.
As I delved deeper into the series, Homecoming seems to focus on two main stories that are central to its plot:
Heidi Bergman (Roberts), a former caseworker at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center who works as a waitress.
Thomas Carrasco (Whigham), an investigator form the Department of Defense who’s investigating the closing of the Homecoming Transitional Support Center.
Each 30-minute episode jumps between events in the past and the present, especially for the Heidi Bergman character. We see her successful life as a Homecoming caseworker who takes a special interest in Walter Cruz (Stephan James), a veteran enrolled in the Homecoming program. We also see Berman’s life in the present, where she works as a waitress in a small, dockside restaurant. All of Thomas Cassasco’s scenes are set in 2022, where he desperately attempt to discover exactly what happened at the Homecoming center.
What Homecoming is Really About…
… That’s a bit more difficult to answer since I’ve only seen five of the 10 episodes. If I had to take a guess, this show is a commentary about what could happen if a non-governmental organization, aka NGO, was less the scrupulous with its aims and goals. For those who don’t know, NGOs are organizations or corporations that are independent of governments yet are sometimes funded by governmental organizations. Many NGOs are active in humanitarian, educational, and other similar causes.
The fictional Geist Corporation, which operates the Homecoming Transitional Support Center, is just such an NGO. In the first five episodes, the viewer doesn’t know exactly why the corporation is doing for the combat vets. You get the feeling that it’s not helping them with their PTSD, as administrators of the Homecoming program claim. Well, that and the whole Geist Corporation is portrayed in a rather creepy fashion throughout the series so far.
The Five Mysteries of Homecoming
As I said, I’m halfway through what I believe is the first season of Homecoming, and I have some unanswered questions. I call them the “five mysteries of Homecoming,” though I have a feeling that all will be solved by the series’ tenth and final episode of its first season. These mysteries are:
What is the true purpose behind the Homecoming Transitional Support Center? (I don’t believe it’s to help veterans cope with their PTSD and reintegrate them into society.
Is Heidi Bergman’s memory loss legitimate? Or is she faking it? It seems like she really can’t remember about her four years with Homecoming, but she could just as easily be faking it to protect herself.
Is the Homecoming Transitional Support Center really located in Florida? Or is it in a different country altogether, as Shrier (Jeremy Allen White) insists?
What is with the red berries that were extracted from a conspicuous-looking poppy plant at the beginning of episode five, “Redwood?”
Will Thomas Carrasco every find the answers he’s looking for in his investigation? (I personally hope so because it is the viewers’ best chance of solving the mystery.)
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